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RISK IS RISKY

 I am back to the sketchbook that I started late last year. Just having fun and trying stuff. Trying to be risky. Mixed media on paper, 15”x 11”, Copyright 2017 David Limrite

I am back to the sketchbook that I started late last year. Just having fun and trying stuff. Trying to be risky. Mixed media on paper, 15”x 11”, Copyright 2017 David Limrite


“Art is something personal and evocative in terms of the thoughts behind it; and special, not only to the person creating it, but to those who have the privilege of viewing it."
Brooke Shaden, Fine Art Photographer


Risk Is Risky

If you really want to move your creativity to the next level (whatever that is for you) you have to take risks. You just do. They don’t always have to be big ones. They can be little ones too, The important thing is to take lots of them. Often. The more risks you take, the easier it will become to take bigger and bigger risks.

Taking risks is easier to do when you are focusing on process rather than product.

Risk taking is not easy, however, it is essential if you are really interested in creating meaningful work. Risk taking will feel dangerous. It can be frightening. It will most definitely conjure up doubt, commitment and confidence issues.

Know all of this, be ready for whatever comes up for you and take risks anyway. Allow risk taking to feel risky. Because it is. And I will let you in on a little secret… Taking risks is not as scary as it seems. As a matter of fact, once you get used to taking risks, it can actually be fun. Even thrilling. You can actually become hooked on risk taking.

Let risk taking be dangerous and scary. Be ready for the reality that it will feel that way. If you are ready for the realities of creating, then risk taking will not feel so daunting.

You must, however, allow yourself to detach from the outcome. In order for you to really engage in risk taking, you have to let the finished product become what it wants to become, as a result of the risks taken by you.

Sounds risky! Yes?

Allow risk taking to feel risky and go for it anyway.

Best,

David


 

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